My educational journey has been marked by academic excellence, including a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in Teaching. During my three years as a full-time elementary school teacher in Houston, I refined my skills in curriculum development and program design, realizing the value of a holistic approach to education and personal development.
I'm incredibly proud of my research endeavors. In 2022, I concluded a pioneering research study at the University of St. Thomas titled 'The Effects of Anxiety and Concentration Mental Skills Training on Performance.' This empirical study aimed to enhance concentration and reduce collegiate athletes' anxiety levels. I took a hands-on approach, leading comprehensive mental skills training sessions where I implemented specific strategies and exercises designed to bolster athletes' attentional focus and mitigate competition-related anxiety.
My journey has also led me to work with the Houston Astros, particularly with their High A team the Asheville Tourists, where I served as a Mental Performance Apprentice. In this capacity, I provided personalized and comprehensive mental skills training to individual athletes. Additionally, I conducted engaging and interactive group workshops and training sessions, covering pivotal topics such as sport confidence, effective communication, and other performance-enhancement strategies.
What sets my approach apart is the perspective I've gained during my years of teaching and my ongoing work with professional athletes. These experiences have furnished me with a unique perspective through which I view mental performance, education, and personal development. I draw from this background to employ a psychoeducational approach while pulling from counseling theories like choice theory, constructive therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy when working with individuals.
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